Svetvincenat, Savicenta, Sanvincenti – three names tor the same locality. In fact it was St. Vincent, a Hispanic martyr and the mediaeval abbey of the same name, after whom the village was named. The story began long time ago, on the site of today graveyard, when Benedictines, as first settlers, came and started clearing the bush and bringing the red Istrian land under cultivation. They built first houses and a church. It was therefore the Benedictine Abbey around which a town started to grow. Among tall and quiet cypresses hiding the oldest preserved building in Svetvincenat, it seems that the old Benedictine motto “Ora et labora” (pray and work) can still be heard.
Directions from Villa Dunya:
From Villa Dunya to Svetvincenat in a larger map.